i have only done a few bowls. Seems there a lot of choices on finish. I'm sure wood choice plays a part. Most of my bowls will be cherry, walnut, maple, ash, and elm. Woods I have locally. Here is what I have or considered. What finish do you use and why? 1. Walnut Oil. I have read mixed reviews about using Mahoney oil in regard to drying. I have some, but somewhat hesitant in using this. A black light is recommended to assist in drying. 2. Danish Oil (Watco). I haven't used this on bowls, but seems it would be reasonable. 3. WOP. Doesn't seem to be the best choice for a utility bowl. Does anyone use this for bowls 3. Lacquer. Same as WOP. 4. Salad Bowl Finish. I have use this and also the Watco brand called Butchr Block Finish. Works well. 5. Mineral oil (with or without bees wax). I use this on my butcher blocks, but haven't used on a bowl. 6. Boiled Linseed oil. Never used as concerned if it would go rancid. 7. What else is there? If I can get over my fears I will try the walnut oil on my next cherry bowl. So far I seem to like the Watco butcher block Finish, but a little costly. I don't buff or wax after applying the finish.